The Housing and Planning Bill completed its passage through the
House of Commons on 12 January 2015 and received its first reading
in the House of Lords on 14 January 2015 - a formality that signals
the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords.
The Second Reading of the Bill, the general debate on all
aspects, is scheduled for 26 January 2016.
A number of significant changes were made to the Bill at Report
Stage and Third Reading in the Commons before the Bill was passed
to the Lords.
Several amendments have been made to Part 4 of the Bill, which
deals with social housing:
- To commence Chapter 2 (Sale of Vacant High Value Council
Housing) immediately on Royal Assent
- To facilitate 2-for-1 replacement of high value homes sold in
London, and potentially elsewhere
- To deregulate housing associations so as to make it more likely
that the ONS will no longer classify them as public bodies
- To exempt housing associations from compulsory Pay to Stay
- To limit the maximum rent that can be charged under the Pay to
Stay scheme to tenants who fail to disclose their income or whose
- To require new council tenancies to be tenancies for a fixed
term of 2 to 5 years in most circumstances
- To amend rights of succession to council tenancies.
In our last
bulletin we updated our members on the first day debate of the
Report Stage in the House of Commons on 5 January 2016.
The second day of the Report Stage and Third Reading took place
on 12 January and ARCH Policy Adviser, Matthew Warburton, has
a briefing for ARCH members on the provisions of Part 4 of the
Bill, as they currently stand, outlining the impact on stock
retained councils' management of council housing and the rights of